PHYSICS 400: statistical and thermal physics, fall 2016

Tim Gfroerer, Davidson College

 

Assignments

 

* Read the assigned material before class discussion on the dates indicated.

* Hand in homework at the beginning of class on the dates indicated.

 

** Refresh for current listing! **

 

Date

Chapter

Assignment

8/24 1 Review Syllabus and Read Sections 1 - 4
8/29 1 Read Sections 5 - 6
9/2 1 Homework Set #1: 1.4, 1.11, 1.12, 1.34, 1.38, 1.40
9/5 2 Read Sections 1 - 4
9/9 1-2 Homework Set #2: 1.43, 1.46, 1.54, 1.55(a-c only),  2.5(d-g only), 2.11
9/12 2 Read Sections 5 - 6
9/14 3 Read Sections 1 - 3
9/16 2 Homework Set #3: 2.17, 2.19, 2.21, 2.23, 2.26, 2.29, 2.42(c-d only)
9/21 3 Read Sections 4 - 5
9/23 3 Homework Set #4: 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.13, 3.23, 3.24
9/30   Hand in Review #1 (Sections 1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.6, and 3.1-3.3)
10/3 4 Class will not meet 10/3 - 10/7. Please start thinking about your final project!
10/12 4 Read Sections 1 - 4
10/14 3-4 Homework Set #5: 3.32, 3.34 (counts double!), 3.36 (use Omega from problem 3.25), 3.39 (use Omega from problem 2.26 and Stirling's Approx.).
10/17 5 HW#5 (contin.): 4.6 (part c: get common denominator and cancel - numerator must be 0.  part d: use results from part c). Read Sections 5.1 - 5.2.
10/19 5 Read Section 3
10/21 4 Homework Set #6: 4.12, 4.14, 4.21(a-c only, solving for 1/e is easier in b), 4.35, 4.36
10/28 5 Homework Set #7: 5.4, 5.9, 5.12, 5.17, 5.20, 5.23 (see eqn. 3.63)
11/2   Final project consultation
11/4 6 Read Sections 1 - 3
11/7 5 Homework Set #8: 5.26, 5.33 (note: inventor thinks he can lift unlimited weight), 5.36(a-b only, with 1.16d), 5.47, 5.52 (use ParametricPlot for G)
11/9   Final project proposal
11/11 6 Read Sections 4 - 7
11/16 6 Homework Set #9: 6.1, 6.5, 6.8, 6.9, 6.21, 6.30(a-d only)
11/18 7 Read Sections 1 - 2
11/22   Hand in Review #2 by 10am (Sections 3.4-3.6, 4.1-4.4, 5.1-5.3, and 6.1-6.2)
11/30 6 Homework Set #10: 6.41, 6.42, 6.44, 6.51
12/2 7 Homework Set #11: 7.1 (Zint = 223 for O2 at room temp), 7.2, 7.8, 7.10 (a, b, and 2e in part c only), 7.18
12/2   Final Project Presentations: Thomas, James, and Caleb
12/5   Final Project Presentations: Dana, Vincent, and Jake
12/7   Final Project Presentations: Alex, Jonathan, and Nikos

 

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